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Falling For You

Hey loves! The fall season has been in full effect and I can feel it in the air. I went to an event a few weeks ago and I thought my outfit was in fact blog worthy and decided to have a shoot in light of this. Being a lover of neutrals and warm earth tones, it wasn’t hard for me to put this outfit together. It’s definitely a combination of autumn meets Caribbean girl meets sexy casual fall fashion.  I can honestly say life is treating and handling me with care and it shows cause my skin feels and looks extra golden in these photos. P.S. the photos were taken by my bestie and in a neighbourhood on the way from the event. Until next time. Xoxo.

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Outfit deets: The bodycon dress I got from Ross on sale,  my earring are from H&M (Old), the bag is from Ebay, the casual duster jacket is from Boohoo and my pointy suede flats are Christian Siriano for Payless.

The Infamous White Button Down

Hey loves! Fall is approaching and believe me when I say I’m welcoming it with open arms. I’ve been super busy these days, hence the lack of activity here on the blog, but it was partly due to life obligations i.e work ( I’m hoping one day blogging can fully pay my bills and cover my expenses), and also a lack of motivation. I’ve actually read a few blogs in the last few weeks where bloggers have been stating that in recent times they have not been motivated to write and /or create content and even some Youtube influencers as well. Most of what I post here comes from things I can really relate to and can really feel good about. So for me, it’s not about what’s popular or trending, it’s about what I like.

Living in the Caribbean can be a bit tricky when it comes to seasons and styling. Where as in other regions by the end of summer, a person would be able to fully line up their fall wardrobe and be ready to embrace the cooler weather, here we may experience cooler nights but the days are usually still hot as hell until around end of year. This particular shoot day was both sunny and breezy.

That being said, I did a little prep myself with items I already own and a piece that I received through a collaboration. I partnered with Oh Desire to feature one of its item on the blog. I went through all their pieces and eventually stumble upon this white button down shirt dress with puffy sleeves. I found it in the dress section but being as tall as I am, I styled it as a shirt instead. I paired it with simple Old Navy Jeans and a pair of boots I found on Ebay some months back. I quite liked the crisp lines of the shirt dress and found that my jeans gave it a more edgy look. Not to mention my love for neutrals.

I already have my next blog post lined up, outfit and all, and I do hope I’ll get to shoot some pictures for it as I continue my fall fashion lineup. Comment below your favorite fall finds and outfits. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

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Outfit Deets: Shirt Dress – Oh Desire // Jeans – Old Navy (Old) // Boots – 14th & Union // Bag – Dash Clothing (Sold Out)

 

 

 

The Two Piece Set – Summer Style Takeover

Holy heatwave! Summer is in full effect and I don’t know about you but it is hot as hell here in Jamaica. When I step outside my car, office or out of my humble abode, I start sweating like a hooker in church. Yes, it’s that serious. As a result, I’ve been wearing alot less clothing than norm these days.

I’ve always been a fan of the infamous two piece set trend. It’s a easy and fast look that not only leaves you looking and seeming stylish (even if you don’t consider yourself a fashionista), you will look put together and feel great rocking your outfit. The set that I wore,I bought about three months ago. I was contacted by The Helpful Vegan boutique on Instagram about doing a collaboration with them and I accepted. I ended up choosing the Coastal Set as I thought the style was super cute. The material has a blue vertical stripe print, is really lightweight and extremely comfortable. I’m pretty tall ( 6’1″ to be exact) and the shorts were high waisted and gave me enough booty coverage as well. It was perfect for the Sunday sightseeing I went on, in addition to taking pictures for this post. Comment below what your favorite summer style has been. Until next time. Xoxo.

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Outfit Deets: Two Piece Set: The Helpful Vegan // Sandals :Shemz Footwear ( made in Jamaica) // Watch: Michael Kors  // Handbag : Ebay

 

Hidden Treasure

 

Happy Monday loves! It’s a rainy long weekend and I’m reporting live from the place that I rest my head at night i.e my bed, and I must say I am fully rested. I’ve had a relaxing and exciting weekend and needlesstosay, I have little to complain about. It’s currently a long weekend here in Jamaica as we are celebrating the independence of our country. Initially I didn’t have much of a plan to make any kind of trip anywhere, but at the last minute, I managed to venture West of the island to the parish of St. Elizabeth. This parish, which is becoming one of my favorites, is a place I’ve visited maybe three times in my lifetime.

A few months back, somehow I ended up on the AirBnB website looking at places I could stay in New York when my original place of stay fell through (still a work in progress). I decided curiously to put “Jamaica” in the search bar and noticed while browsing that there were alot of people here in my own country who had been utilizing this avenue as a means of income and a way of tourism. I scanned all fourteen parishes and St. Elizabeth actually stood out to me the most. At the time, I was trying to plan a weekend stay and that too was proving to be rather difficult due to timing and funding. That research never left my mind and best believe it was on my “to-go” list. A weekend would have been heavenly, but a one day trip did suffice.

It was all I remembered and then some. As we drove from the main road that took us to the capital of St. E, I noticed how much more developed and populated it had become compared to the eight years prior when I visited. We made a quick bathroom and snack stop in the town and then continued on our journey to our destination. I was able to win over a nice older gentleman as he was picking mangoes on our journey and he gave me one of the biggest juiciest mangoes I’d seen in a long time ( that will be my dinner later today).

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After hours of driving, three to be exact, we finally got to the popular  six mile long Treasure Beach. Being a public holiday, there were quite a few people there as well from locals to foreigners alike and people of all ages. The weather was a bit overcast but honestly I didn’t mind because I didn’t want to any harsh tan lines on me would last for months. As I snuggled my toes in the black sand, I felt like I’d never leave. It was perfect weather and the water was nice and warm. After an hour of swimming, we grabbed a bite to eat at Frenchman’s Reef Restaurant and watched the sunset on a relaxing Sunday evening.

 

I’m already researching and planning my next mini vacay so stay subscribed to me so you don’t miss out. Below I’ve added some pictures for your viewing pleasure. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

 

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Outfit Deets

Swimsuit: Ebay

Watch: Michael Kors

Sandals: Sak Sandals

Hair: Mega

 

Return of the Mac – #NationalLipstickDay

Hey loves! While scrolling Instagram in the wee hours, I noticed alot of #NationalLipstickDay posts being featured on my feed  because today is actually that day! Being a lipstick gal myself, I thought it would be fitting to do a feature on my extensive Mac lipstick collection that I own.

I’ve never been  much into the liquid lipsticks and lip stains that have taken over in the last few years as I’ve found that traditional lipsticks work best for me. I can remember years ago, before I started buying my own makeup, I was always fascinated in trying on the lippies my mom wore and had on her dresser top. As I got older, I started buying the Jordana brand at my local pharmacy as to avoid sneaking the ones mom had plus they were super affordable. Don’t sleep on Jordana, as they still have really nice shades on the low low.

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About four years ago while online shopping, I really started noticing the Mac brand. I stalked the website and realized I loved their shades a lot and also the bullet like casing it comes in   ( who doesn’t love that sleek black packaging?) Plus once you see it, you know it’s Mac.

From 2014 since now I’ve managed to grow my collection to a total of 27 shades. I like having a wide variety of colors to choose from at all times as me choosing a particular lipstick for the day or occasion may be dependent on my mood or even the outfit I’m wearing. I’ve listed below each the shades I own and also the different shade group each one belongs to (whether nudes, pinks, reds, etc.) Comment below your favourites or the shades that you are considering trying out for yourself. Until next time. Xoxo.

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Blue

Matte Royal (Matte)

Orange / Red

Lady Danger (Matte)

Chili (Matte)

Brown

Stone (Matte)

Antique Velvet (Matte)

Pink

Please Me (Matte)

Syrup (Lustre)

Lickable (Cremesheen)

Angel (Frost)

Mehr (Matte)

Fanfare (Cremesheen)

Twig (Satin)

Red

Diva (Matte)

Ruby Woo (Retro Matte) (My FAV)

Viva Glam (Matte)

Party Line (Cremesheen)

Purple

Cyber (Frost)

Have Your Cake (Matte)

Heroine (Matte)

Rebel (Satin)

Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte)

Nude

Whirl (Matte)

Crème In Your Coffee (Cremesheen)

Honey Love (Matte)

Velvet Teddy (Matte)

Touch (Lustre)

Taupe (Matte)

 

 

 

 

Working Girl

Location: Downtown Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.
It’s been a minute. Ok, ok. Maybe a little longer than that but I promise you, I had my reasons. Alot has changed in the last month, one of which included me heading back to the regular 9 – 5 ish. It’s been a while, but for whatever reason I felt this to be a necessary evil at this time. It’s actually a far cry from the corporate straightlacedness I’m used to but I need a more laidback environment right now. It’s not super stressful and I do quite like the people that I work with plus it’s an income stream I can use to cushion my blog and undying love for fashion. The only downsides are the day-to-day monotony and the lack of energy I seem to have at the end of every day.

It’s funny how life works out I think. I’m grateful for the opportunity that I’ve been given but I find myself constantly daydreaming at my desk of ideas I wanna share via this medium, not to mention sneakingly reading my favorite blogs online every now and again to get even more inspiration. The past month has actually motivated me more than ever to take this to another level. I see clearly now that I’ve found a passion for something, and that when people would encourage every individual to make a career doing something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, I now truly believe them.

Even though I’ve been forced to balance work, life obligations and blogging, it works out perfectly for me because that way I don’t get bored and I can stay busy. A friend of mine, who also happens to take bomb ass photos of me, just got back into town and I managed to get some photos taken for this particular post. I’ve had this outfit from Boohoo for about two months unworn and it gave me corporate chic vibes. It’s even more so fitting because it’s actually my life at the moment. And God knows I loveeeeeeee black. I paired it with my red Gucci inspired handbag I got at a local store to give the outfit the pop of color it needed. I had fun taking these shots and I do plan on even more outfit posts very soon. Comment below if you dig this outfit and are a Boohoo babe yourself. Until next time. Xoxo.

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Outfit Details

Jumpsuit : Boohoo Tall (Sold Out)

Shoes : Chinese Laundry (Old)

Bag : Dash Clothing – Jamaica (Sold Out)

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Throwback to Last Summer

While I was going through some pictures on my laptop, I stumbled upon a photo album that was dated Summer 2017. This time last year was bittersweet for me so I cautiously opened it up. As I scrolled the items, I smiled a bit as it brought me back to a place of contentment. If my memory serves me right it was the first outfit post I ever did for my old blog website. I thought I’d share it here in the form of a post. A little throwback don’t hurt anyone right? 🙂 By the way, yes that’s me in the pictures. Yes I had short hair with shaved sides. I’m in the process of growing out my hair now, and I currently wear faux locs (naturalistas will know the struggle). Just thought I’d add that info so when you see a recent post of me, you don’t become entirely confused. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

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Outfit Details

Top: Ebay

Bottoms: Modaxpress

Flats: Old

The Gold Mine

Gold is basically my favorite metal. Gold, Rose Gold, Yellow Gold. You name it, I’m into it. On any given day, it’s hard not to find me wearing it whether it’s my earrings, necklace or wristwatch or I’ll just OD on everything all at once. So I know what you’re thinking, gold is expensive, right? Sure it is, but if you are like me and definitely a gold kinda girl or guy, you learn to improvise a bit. I have genuine gold pieces that I wear almost daily, and then when I wanna switch things up, I have a few gold filled and gold plated pieces in my collection as well. I was recently contacted by a company named Black White Gold Jewelery on Instagram and they were generous enough to send me a gold plated necklace that I instantly fell in love with. I decided to wear the chain for a week or so because before writing this post because I really wanted to feel it out. The necklace is gold plated and even though I can’t get it wet as I do my genuine pieces, the quality of it stands firm otherwise and is really beautiful. After receiving it, I actually purchased two more necklaces and a pair of earrings (all of these were gold filled) on Ebay through a Chinese seller and all the items are of excellent quality. I’ve included pictures of my new babies and links to where I got my pieces if you are interested in getting some merch for yourself to accessorize your summer outfits. Comment below what your favorite jewelry metal to wear is and why. Until next time. Xoxo.

 

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Shop here: African Necklace

Shop here: Scorpio & Butterfly Necklace & Earrings

 

All Things Retro

Hey All! Since my roadtrip, I’ve been working on some fashion ideas as I am super inspired. So I’ve been noticing that there has been a serious love for all things retro for the spring into summer seasons. And I can’t say that I hate it. After filling my soul with all the Coachella videos and blog posts via Youtube and fashion and travel blogs, I gave in to the fashion pressures and decided to indulge a bit and get some items for myself. I love all accessories but what really stood out were all the retro cateye sunglasses I kept seeing while scrolling my Instagram feed. This trend is definitely re-emerging and I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. Heck, it probably never left to begin with. Alot of the trendy glasses companies have jumped on the bandwagon all the way to the bank and are allowing for the regular Joe or Jane to look great on a budget. These were my picks and I am loving them. I will be styling  these items in up coming outfit posts as I am seriously in loveeeee. Until next time.

 

Xoxo.

 

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Hairy Situation

 

Hey loves! So it’s been a minute but I wanted to share a bit about my hair chronicles because it’s been on my mind for quite sometime.  Regardless of the color, length and even the style of woman’s hair, the one thing we can probably agree on is it’s importance. It’s that thing that occupies the top of your head, that frames your face and basically the first thing most people notice when they see you (unless you have some other stricking feature/s).

For me, I’ve had my hair long and short, and I was able to rock them both ways. Let’s rewind to a couple years ago. I used to wear long tresses, whether mine or the extra extra I bought at the store for a sew-in, and that was my thing. I had my hair relaxed to straighten my hair from the tender age of 7. I wore my hair that way through high school, college and even my first and second corporate jobs cause I was comfortable with it that way and it was the easiest thing for me.

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Four years ago however, something inside me decided that I needed a change. It’s said that when a woman does something drastic to her hair like cut it all off or color it fire hydrant red or even both at the same time, it’s usually because she going through some life altering situation like a break-up, divorce or even moving cross country to a place where noone knows her and this is her  opportunity to start a “new life”. For me, it was just a gal tired of the same ol’, same ol’. It was a welcomed change and there was something oddly satisying about rocking that shorter cut.

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Anyways, fast forward to the present day, and guess what? I still have a shorter hairdo. This was mostly by choice as I even got experimental with my hair all together and did a low, nearly down to the scalp bald cut. N.B: I believe every woman in her life should do this at least one. (Inserts India Arie’s – I am not my Hair  song lyrics here.) Believe me, it’s empowering. That being said though, I am at the point where that sneaky little guy Boredom and his cousin Monotony are creeping in and saying, “it’s time to switch things up again, Terri!”

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I’ve been contemplating for some time to grow my hair back to even shoulder length. During my #cutlife days, I manage to braid and do sew-ins on my shorter hair a handful of times. For me, it just never looked right or I felt it was done correctly unless I really I had a decent amount of hair on my head to supplement the style I was going for. The downsides to this too was that with braiding application, I’d find that on the shorter hairs I had, there was no commitment to the braid and my actual hair and some of them would actually just slide off. With sew-ins, I’d find that I would have to resort to full head sew-ins (which I hate as much as I do wigs), because my actual hair would be too short to have any kind or leave out or parting space for it to look natural.  Hashtag: Hairstyle Disasters: Short Hair Edition.

I know the process of regrowing my hair can take up to a year and then some, but I am willing to because I’m over this short hair for right now. What I will be looking forward to is rocking longer hairstyles as I’d definitely have more options and I can finally stop tweeting how much I miss having longer hair!

If you are thinking about cutting your hair, here are a few things to keep in mind before you do:

  1. You can’t put your hair up or in a bun if you are having a bad hair day.
  2. You’ll be limited to only short hairstyles.
  3. You’ll basically be married to your hairstylist to keep your hair trimmed and styled so you look polished all the time.
  4. If you do decide to grow it back, it won’t happen overnight.
  5. If you are someone who gets bored easily, it may not be for you.

 

When it’s all said and done, hairstyle changes are apart of every person’s life. Right now, I’m craving some longer hair to keep me company. Who knows what I’ll be rocking in another few months? Comment below if you can relate to this post or share it with a friend who is a chameleon like myself. Until next time.

 

Xoxo.